Two of the most popular posts here on Music Matters Blog are the ones that discuss how to set up a recording “studio” using the free Audacity audio recording software (you can read these here and here). I’ve used Audacity for numerous projects, but I know I still haven’t even come close to tapping into all of its capabilities. I know there are other teachers who would love to get some step-by-step instruction on how to use Audacity effectively in their studios. Well, guess what I just found? Yep, step-by-step instruction on how to use Audacity!
Music Creation World has put together a fabulous collection of activities that will walk you and/or interested students through the process of completing various projects using Audacity. Just download the file titled PDF Activities at the bottom of their page. There are six separate activity files that clearly explain and illustrate (using lots of screen shots!) the assignments. I could even see using this as a core lesson plan for a summer camp with a group of students who are interested in learning more about music technology. Everyone could bring their own laptop and work on several fun projects throughout the week. Wouldn’t that be fun?!